Date(s) - 02/08/18
7:45 am - 8:45 am
Chicago Council on Global Affairs
Kevin Willer, Partner, Chicago Ventures
With tech titans like Google, Amazon, and Apple expanding their presence in Chicago, the Windy City is emerging as a leading tech incubator. A recent KPMG report ranks Chicago in the top ten global innovation hubs and the city continues to score highly when it comes to growth of tech jobs. Successful startups like Groupon and GrubHub, along with a local tech savvy workforce, are attracting venture capitalists and investors to Chicago. What makes Chicago a rising tech magnet? How are local entrepreneurial havens like 1871 and pop-up incubators helping to propel the city as a serious contender in the tech space?
President, Chicago Council on Global Affairs
Ivo H. Daalder is president of the Chicago Council on Global Affairs. He served as the US ambassador to NATO from 2009-2013. Prior to his appointment as ambassador to NATO by President Obama, Daalder was a senior fellow in foreign policy studies at the Brookings Institution, specializing in American foreign policy, European security and transatlantic relations, and national security affairs. Before joining Brookings in 1998, he was an associate professor at the University of Maryland’s School of Public Policy and director of research at its Center for International and Security Studies. He also served as director for European affairs on President Bill Clinton’s National Security Council staff from 1995-97. Ambassador Daalder is the author and editor of 10 books and is a frequent contributor to the opinion pages of the world’s leading newspapers, and a regular commentator on international affairs on television and radio. He was educated at the universities of Kent, Oxford, and Georgetown, and received his PhD in political science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.